Juicing Your Critics

Juicing Your Critics

Criticism is difficult to interpret. In the first place, everyone’s experience of a text is valid. And I don’t mean that in a New Age-y, touchy-feely way. With books, even more than with movies or even comics (although those too), the experience is necessarily...

Fueling a Fire: Viral Information

Recently, there’s been a lot of controversy over a particular app that a lot of writers see as censorship. Something I find interesting with this (and a general trend I see across the internet) is how much power we give things we dislike or disagree with. Every time...

Contemplating Snowflakes

If I had a novel written for every time I’ve read the words “You are not a special snowflake” I’d have a catalog to rival Barbara Cartland’s. They’re used by agents, critics, and even my fellow authors. And every time I see these...

Refilling the Inspiration Well

It should come as no surprise that what started me on my journey to become a writer was reading books that inspired me to create something of my own. It started with Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone as a kid, and then my inspiration came from The Lord of the...